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Dubai Autodrome is reaping the benefits of its solar panel-lined rooftops with the generated energy helping to power the venue’s racing competitions and its day-to-day operations throughout the year
With Dubai Autodrome staging regular international, regional and local motorsport events, the venue took the decision to invest in a 2.8 MWp solar power project, which has been providing its energy requirements since September. The project also includes over 60 solar panel roof car ports, providing shaded parking and electric vehicle charging stations, all whilst generating solar energy.
The state-of-the-art equipment, installed by SirajPower, will have a positive impact on the environment and the venue, with the solar panels generating 4,751,470.4 Kilowatt-Hour of power per year, some of which is put back into the grid, while 2,055 metric tons of CO2 emissions will be eliminated per year. These figures will be equivalent to almost 250,031,475 fully charged smartphones and 443 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year, underlining the importance of how significant solar panels are in mitigating climate change.
With the track widely used for various motorsport activities including testing and development by car manufacturers ahead of the start of their new seasons, the eco-friendly project, which generates power for the whole venue, is also helping reduce its energy bills. While these efforts are aligned with the UAE Government’s sustainability and environmental strategies, it also underlines the importance of climate change, which is being discussed at the United Nations Conference COP27 in Egypt this week.